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CT Voting Machine Security Protocols Give LHS Action Plan Responsibilities

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CT Voting Machine Security Protocols Give LHS Action Plan Responsibilities




During the recount of Connecticut's 2nd district in 2006 a staff person of LHS Associates, vendor for the state's Diebold machines, opened up a machine and made a memory card switch. He used a card that had been in his possession, not one that was on site. This was in violation of Connecticut protocols issued by the Secretary of State's office, and to make matters worse, three LHS staff members said they had seen the protocols but planned to violate them anyway. The Secretary of State met with LHS as well as voting machine security advisor Prof. Alex Shvartsman, and voting officials, to devise what they said would be safer protocols. Unfortunately, the new protocols tell registrars to turn to LHS on many occasions, even where memory card failure is occuring. The LHS representative will be offering an action plan in such cases. Voting Rights activist Prof. Michael Fischer finds this and other aspects of the protocols unacceptable. We also hear from Free Press editor Bob Fitrakis who has been documenting problems with Ohio's Secretary of State on machine testing. Why don't state officials hold voting machine vendors accountable? How is it that they so often get away with violations?


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